Is learning Japanese on Duolingo possible without mastering the Hiragana???
I would like to learn japanese on duolingo. But my goal is to speak and to understand the language so far.
Right now I don't have much time to learn the Hiragana. So is it possible to pass the Japanese course without really mastering the Japanese writing???
Thank You for sharing your experience!!!
Maybe you mean Kanji, instead of Hiragana?
Japanese writing uses three types of characters. Learning hiragana and katakana is pretty much required to be able to use most study materials. They also are not that hard to learn. The third character set is kanji and learning all the kanji will take YEARS, even if you are really dedicated.
If you don't think you will ever need to read Japanese, you can probably avoid learning most kanji, since you can learn how to pronounce words using romaji or hiragana/katakana. But you will be completly lost if you try to read native Japanese without knowing any kanji.
No way. Hiragana is the bare basic needed to even start Japanese. It's a language which has two sets of alphabets, and tops them with a truckload of Chinese characters. Not easy, but definitely possible. If you have real interest in the language, then I suggest you learn the kana charts at least.